Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Price Stays High; Veterans Lead Charge at Muirfield

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Price Stays High; Veterans Lead Charge at Muirfield

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NICK PRICE rolled away the years today to take sole possession of the top of the leaderboard in the second round of The Open.

The 45-year-old made a flying start on what appeared to be a much more difficult day for scoring than yesterday, with bright sunshine replaced by cloudy skies and rain.

Price is one of the veterans of the 156 seeking to have their names engraved on the famous Claret Jug on Sunday evening.

His is already there, the Zimbabwean having triumphed at Turnberry in 1994. And he put himself in contention again, as rain swept in across the wide open expanse of this Scottish links, with two birdies from the opening two holes.

The first came courtesy of a tricky 25ft downhill putt at the first. At the second another longrange effort, this time from 30ft, dropped in by the side door.

A third birdie at the fifth, where Price got up and down from a greenside bunker, took him to six under, two ahead of joint overnight leader Duffy Waldorf who was one of the last to start this afternoon, and one clear of Carl Pettersson.

The former European Amateur champion from Sweden moved clear of Waldorf with a birdie three at the second.

"There's life in the old dog yet!" Price had declared after coming off the course yesterday afternoon. Already a winner this year on the US Tour, he was again strained at the leash.

US PGA titleholder David Toms also

Leading scores started level with Waldorf and Pettersson.

But all the American's hard work yesterday was undone at the narrow par-four first, notorious as the most testing opening hole in championship golf, where he took two attempts to get out of the bunker on the left side of the fairway.

When the resulting double-bogey six was joined by a bogey five at the sixth, where Toms' ball found a greenside bunker, he found himself back among the pack on level par.

With world No2 Phil Mickelson also dropping two shots at the the first, where his attempt to slash the ball out of knee-deep rough resulted in a mis-hit across the fairway and a sore left elbow, it was a bad morning to be an American. …

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